DemDaily: Citizen Steyer
November 3, 2017
This week witnessed the first of the Mueller Russia-Trump investigation indictments, providing further fuel to the fight by Trump detractors to see the President impeached.
While the national Party focuses on reorganizing and reinvigorating its members, outside groups and individuals are waging their own focused campaigns on the temperamental tweeter.
Among those who have taken the battle into his own hands is Tom Steyer, business leader, environmentalist, progressive activist and democratic funder.
"I am Tom Steyer, and like you, I am a citizen who knows it is up to us to do something."
Steyer, a former hedge fund manager and founder of Farallon Capital, is putting his money where his is mouth is - funding a $10 million ad campaign "to raise our voices together," with a 60-second appeal to fellow citizens to sign a "NeedToImpeach.com" petition and tell their members of Congress "they have a moral responsibility" to impeach President Trump.
In 2010 they signed The Giving Pledge, along with Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, to donate half of their fortune to charity during their lifetime.
A native of Manhattan, the longtime San Francisco resident has become a force in environmental battles and national progressive politics over the last decade.
An early Hillary Clinton supporter in 2008, he later became one of Barack Obama's top fundraisers, was considered for Treasury Secretary, and spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Steyer's passionate support of the environment has also sometimes put him on the opposite side of his usual progressive collaborators, including factions of organized labor who waged a public battle against the billionaire over his vocal opposition to the Keystone Pipeline.In 2013 Steyer launched NextGenClimate, now NextGen America, to focus on preventing climate disaster and to fighting for immigration, health care, education and economic equality.
The non-profit, its political action committee and Steyer spent a reported $74 million on the 2014 elections and an estimated $100 million in 2016.
In 2017 NextGen contributed $2.3 million to immigrant rights groups, and launched NextGen Rising to turn out young voters in targeted states.
Tom Steyer, considered by most accounts the single largest Democratic donor in history, may also be taking his message to the people in next year's California Gubernatorial race.
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Sources: RealClearPolitics, RedGreenandBlue.org, nextgenamerica.org, Forbes, WashingtonPost, Investors.com